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Niklas Backstrom (3 Years, $3.42M/YR)
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06-25-2013, 10:14 AM
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Solid deal and a nice bargain. Good to see the Wild not getting tied up in the massive goalie deals that have plagued other teams. It has its risks but I think they're smaller risks than any of GMCF's other options. Would have paid out the ass on the trade market, signing a UFA would've put them over the cap without even touching the FAs, and as much as I liked the original plan of Hards taking over this year, it just doesn't make sense anymore.
Given how Harding looked in the playoffs, and the fact that he hopefully won't need to change his medicinal regimen again, I'm somewhat optimistic that he can ease the load on Backstrom this year and counter the effects of the wear. Plus Backs will never be playing in that condensed of a schedule again.
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